Can Flexible Classrooms Boost Student Achievement?
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Can Flexible Classrooms Boost Student Achievement?


– [Narrator] Can flexible classrooms actually boost student achievement? Will this comfortable chair and this emoji pillow
improve academic performance? Well, no. It’s not the furniture,
but a study out of England looked at 27 schools, 153 classrooms, and 3,766 students across the country and concluded that flexible
welcoming classrooms did raise test scores. In fact, classroom flexibility
is about as important as air quality, light, or temperature in boosting academic outcomes. And taken together, flexibility
and a student’s sense of ownership account for over a quarter of the academic benefit
attributed to classroom design. So what’s happening? It turns out that flexible classrooms change teaching and learning habits. They are versatile, so they
support a broader range of educational strategies
and they’re modifiable too. So they can quickly be adapted to meet individual and group needs. That makes a big difference, because the research shows
that using a mix of strategies to teach a lesson, direct instruction, group work, independent inquiry, drives deeper learning among students. So changing the furniture
in your classroom will almost certainly
have no impact at all. If you don’t change your teaching too. To learn more about the research on classroom design and flexible spaces, look for the link
displayed with this post, or search for the phrase flexible classroom
research on edutopia.org.

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  1. Here is the link to the California Department of Education document on Flexible Learning Environments:
    https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/bp/documents/bestpracticeflex.pdf
    Links to the citations in the CDE document:
    https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/bp/researchflex.asp
    More CDE guidance on learning environments and school facilities best practices:
    https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/bp/

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